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RR Auctions Bonnie Parker And Joe Palmer Rare Photo

RR Auctions Bonnie ParkerIncredibly rare original vintage glossy 2.5 x 3.5 snapshot of Bonnie Parker and Barrow Gang member Joe Palmer. Taken shortly before her death, the full-length photo shows Bonnie in a summer dress, seated on the fender of a car, with Palmer standing next to her wearing a light suit. Photo is identified on the reverse in an unknown hand, “Bonnie & Joe.” In very good condition, with some creases working in from the edges and a uniform shade of toning over most of the image.

On January 16, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde waited outside the Eastham prison to carry fellow gang members Raymond Hamilton, Henry Methvin, and Joe Palmer to safety after the impending jailbreak that they had orchestrated. During the escape, Palmer shot and killed prison officer Major Crowson—an act that proved to be the final straw. Combined with the national negative publicity that the Texas prison system received for the breakout, the murder incited Prison Chief Lee Simmons to complain directly to Governor Ma Ferguson, bringing the full power of the Texas and federal governments to bear on the manhunt. It was this action that brought Frank Hamer out of retirement; persuaded to accept the assignment to hunt down the Barrow Gang, he formed the famous six-man posse that would carry out the final ambush just four months later. This photo, taken during the short period between the jailbreak and the ambush, is one of the last images of both Parker and Palmer, who was caught and executed in May the following year. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Bonnie Parker

 

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RR Auction Bonnie Parker at Marco’s Cafe Photo

RR Auction  Bonnie ParkerOriginal vintage 6 x 4 pearl-finish photo of a young Bonnie Parker behind the counter at Marco’s Cafe circa 1929. Photo shows Bonnie in her full uniform by the cash register with two men at the counter. Photo is identified on the reverse in ballpoint, likely by Bonnie’s sister Billie Jean Parker, “Marco’s Cafe, Bonnie Parker.” In very good condition, with scattered creases, spotting to left side of image, and some soiling and a label remnant to reverse. Bonnie worked at Marco’s Cafe in Dallas until the cafe closed in November 1929, roughly the same time her then-husband Roy Thornton was sentenced to five years in prison, and shortly before her first meeting with Clyde Barrow. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Bonnie Parker

 

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RR Autograph Auction Bonnie and Clyde Wanted Posters

RR Autograph Auction Bonnie and Clyde Wanted Posters

Seven original identical wanted posters issued for Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, issued on May 21, 1934, by the Department of Justice for a violation of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act. Posters measure 8 x 8, feature individual images of both Parker and Barrow, as well as their physical descriptions, relatives, and criminal records. In very good to fine overall condition, with central horizontal folds and scattered toning and soiling.

 

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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow

 

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RR Autograph Auctions Bonnie Parker Colt Detective Special .38 revolver

RR Autograph Auctions Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker’s Colt Detective Special .38 revolver, carried by her at the time of her death. A notarized letter from former Special Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, Jr., dated December 10, 1979, identifies this gun and states, “On the morning of May 23, 1934, when my father and the officers with him in Louisiana killed Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. My father removed this gun from the inside thigh of Bonnie Parker where she had it taped with white, medical, adhesive tape. My father said that one reason she had the gun taped to the inside of her leg was that, in those days, no gentlemen officer would search a woman where she had it taped…Sometime later, my father gave this gun to Buster Davis who had been a Texas Ranger and was, at the time, an FBI Agent.” Included with this gun and mentioned in this letter is a framed handwritten note from Frank Hamer, written on the back of an old Texas Ranger Expense Account form, reads “Aug/1934 Davis hold onto this. Bonnie was ‘squatting’ on it. Frank.”

The Colt Detective Special is blued with a 2? barrel having a 1926 patent date. It is chambered for the .38 Special cartridge and has the round butt checkered walnut grips that were introduced in 1933. The revolver is in fine mechanical condition with about 70% original blue blending with plum patina. All factory markings are in excellent condition. The grips show moderate wear and rate good condition.

This is a well-known gun in Texas as it was displayed in several major museums (including the LBJ Library in Austin) for a two year exhibition in the early 1980s. There can be no other gun with a closer association to Bonnie Parker than the one taped to her body at her death.

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Bonnie Parker

 

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